John Glasgow to Dillard's: ‘Call Off the Dogs'

by Gwen Moritz  on Monday, Mar. 31, 2014 12:00 am  

No usable fingerprints were recovered from the Volvo; Glasgow’s cell phone made no calls on the day he disappeared; his bank account and MasterCard haven’t been used; his passport was in his safe at home.

A $70,000 reward for information leading to his location hasn’t even scared up the crazies and posers the family expected, Roger Glasgow said.

The family is convinced that John is alive, but possibly not well, and they doubt he was ever on Petit Jean. If he was, it was only to get out of his car and into another one.

“We have a better marriage than anyone I know, better than relatives or friends,” Melinda Glasgow said last week. “That’s why I think he’s still alive. I think I would feel it if he wasn’t. ... There is no doubt in my mind that he loves me more than anything. I don’t think he would do this ‘just because.’ There’s a reason.”

What that reason is, she doesn’t know. But for him to put his large, close-knit family through the hell of not knowing where he is has led her to a single conclusion:

“I have to feel like if this was a choice, that it was better than the alternative. So I shudder to think what the alternative might have been.”


John Glasgow, the youngest of eight children, was born and educated in Nashville (Howard County), but grew up on a farm about five miles away.

Among Glasgow’s classmates in the Nashville High School class of 1980 was Melinda Hayes, but they didn’t date then and each would have a failed marriage before they rediscovered each other in Little Rock. Their first date was to Roger Glasgow’s 50th birthday party in January 1992, and they married that summer.

In the meantime, John earned a business degree from the University of Central Arkansas at Conway in 1985 and began an accounting career with the firm now known as BKD LLP. Glasgow earned an MBA from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and was licensed as a CPA.

As an outside auditor, Glasgow was assigned to a new construction company formed in 1987 as a 50-50 partnership between Bill Clark and Dillard’s Inc., primarily to build stores for the Little Rock retailer.

Clark hired John away from BKD in 1990. He would be named controller in 1992, the same year he married Melinda and began raising her 12-year-old son, Jeffrey Thomas Franklin.



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